Typically, up to 50% of water used by households is used outdoors. Efficient watering will not only help you save money and conserve water, but can also create a healthier landscape. Follow these tips to save water and money:
- Grass doesn’t need as much water in the cooler months of December, January and February. In fact, 1/2” to 3/4” of water every 10-14 days is enough.
- During the summer months of July, August and September, yards need only about 3/4” of water every 3 to 5 days. This region will usually get that from rainfall, so you can turn off your irrigation system for extended periods of time.
- Water your lawn and plants only when you know they need it or show signs of stress.
- Use a rain gauge or moisture sensor so you will know if rainfall has done the job.
- Install a drip or micro-spray system in your plant beds. They use water more efficiently than traditional spray heads.
- Install an automatic rain shutoff device to stop watering when it's rained enough.
- Stop overwatering! Overwatered grass has short roots that make it harder to survive pest attacks, disease and drought.
- Collect water in a rain barrel to use to water your plants.